Founder Introductions - Anand Garg
We are going to introduce our lovely team starting with our founder in a bit more detail with this series of interviews. We hope you like them!
Tell us your story
I’m an ex-banker and said goodbye to my desk after having worked in the industry for eleven years and started my journey back to my inner Self through yoga, meditation and other spiritual practices. I trained and graduated as Shiromani of Yoga (Yoga Teacher) at Sivananda Ashram in Kerala in April 2012 and have been teaching, learning, exploring and travelling the world ever since. In March 2016 I was certified with Master of Yoga from Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India. I have been deeply involved in learning and understanding the yogic philosophies and life for the past couple of years. I have attended several Vipassana retreats, Buddhist silent retreats in Mahayana and Theravada tradition. Additionally, I have experienced living in monasteries and communities, organic farming and living with different people from all walks of life.
I am an ardent follower of a fundamental religion of life called “The Law of Nature“. This concept looks at basic understanding of life and advocates compassion towards others. I fell in love with the life I got to know after my corporate career and thought of establishing an eco-friendly village for yoga and holistic treatments to spread the love and joy of life.
When did you first get into yoga?
My first yoga class was long ago, if I remember well, it was in 1998 in Pune, India, where I was studying at university but in between it was on and off till 2012 and it has since been a big part of my life.
What is your greatest weakness?
Practice yoga on my own. That's the reason I believe a retreat or community setting helps a lot to continue practicing or getting you back into the habit of practicing.
What are you doing to improve it?
I surround myself with like-minded people and work on my mind so it doesn’t play tricks with me :)! With time and the support of the yoga community I try to form the habit of a daily practice.
What types of Yoga do you have the most experience instructing?
I teach Sivananda Hatha yoga, but I enjoy practicing all forms of yoga.
What do you like most about yoga?
For me yoga is union of mind, body and soul and it’s a tool to connect these three.
What did you want to be growing up?
That's a good question.. When I was a kid I dreamed of being many different things, from professional cricket player to pilot to doctor. And as I grew up I wanted to get involved in the world of arts which always fascinated me and since my creative side seemed to be hiding from me I thought being a curator might be for me. But eventually I landed in the financial world.. Karma :)
Three words that describe yourself
Open, analytical, rational and emotional. I believe that whatever happens in life is for a reason, a good one. I know, that’s more than three :)!
What do you value most in people around you?
An open mind, the ability to stand up for who they are and the fact that they work on both of these constantly.
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